Flash Fiction: The Jump

A few weeks ago, I entered my 100-word story in the second round of of NYC Midnight‘s flash fiction contest. I was assigned a genre, action, and word, and had 24 hours to craft my story. Sadly, I didn’t make the top ten this round, so I’m out of the game. I suspect that’s partly…

Flash Fiction: The Right Kind of Attention

Last month, I entered a flash fiction contest hosted by NYC Midnight. Many thousands of writers were sorted into subgroups and challenged to produce a 100-word story featuring an assigned genre, activity, and word in 24 hours. Last night, the results for the first round were released, and because my story placed in the top…

Flash Fiction: Fishing

This week’s piece comes courtesy of the prompt over at Carrot Ranch: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story deep waters. I may or may not have asked a book character to appear in this one. I’ll say which one after the story, in case you haven’t guessed by then. Fishing My…

Flash Fiction: A Little Something

Welcome to my response to the flash fiction prompt over at Carrot Ranch: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story to nourish. The characters can nourish or be nourished.  Since today is Mother’s Day, I put a bit of a maternal spin on it. Enjoy! A Little Something I open the pantry,…

Flash Fiction: Shield Your Face

This week’s flash fiction piece comes courtesy of the prompt over at Carrot Ranch: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that declares, shield your face. It can be a knight of old, a doctor, or a senior citizen. What is the circumstance? Who makes the declaration?  I hope you enjoy the…

Flash Fiction: The Invitation

Welcome to this week’s flash fiction inspired by the prompt over at Carrot Ranch: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about Clarice. She can be any Clarice, real, historical, or imagined. Following the story is some background about the Clarice I chose as the subject. Enjoy! The Invitation Clarice ran her…

Flash Fiction: The Road

Coming in just under the wire is my submission for this week’s flash fiction challenge over at Carrot Ranch, inspired by this prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that includes the open road.  Enjoy! The Road I pass under the last green light, sighing. Behind me is the city, the…

Flash Fiction: Broken Monotony

Quick PSA before I get to the good stuff: Dreams of Justice comes out Tuesday! So hurry up and pre-order! Okay, moving on. This week’s drabble is inspired by the prompt over at Carrot Ranch: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about a postal carrier in an extreme situation. I’ll let…

Flash Fiction: A Heart Raised

In October, I entered a 250-word flash fiction contest. That story got me to the semifinals. In November, I submitted a new story for the semifinal round. That one didn’t make the top 5 stories, so I didn’t make the final round. But! The feedback from the judges show it was well liked, plus I…

Flash Fiction: The Lonely Apple

I’ll explain the story behind this story at the bottom of the post, but I’ll say at the start that it had to include three things: comedy, eating an apple, and grandchildren.  Enjoy! The Lonely Apple “We’re done, Grandpa!” Lucy heaves the paper bag full of newly-picked apples onto the porch. The deep red fruit…